SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Mar 10), all imported infections.
No new cases were reported in the community or in migrant worker dormitories – the fourth consecutive day where there have been no locally transmitted cases.
Two of the new cases are permanent residents who returned from India and Turkey.
There are three short-term pass holders, including a woman who arrived from Indonesia for a work project and a five-year-old girl from India who is a contact of a previous case.
Four are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, two of whom are foreign domestic workers.
The remaining case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India.
Nine of the new cases are asymptomatic, said the Ministry of Health (MOH), adding that all the imported infections have already been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival.
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Six more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, which brings Singapore’s total recoveries to 59,911.
There are 25 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. One case remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Another 97 cases who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Malaysian cargo drivers eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in Singapore will be selected based on the frequency of their travel between the two countries, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) told CNA on Tuesday.
“The vaccination is voluntary and the cost of the vaccination will be borne by the Singapore Government,” said MTI.
Cargo drivers perform an essential service to ensure the undisrupted flow of goods between Malaysia and Singapore, it added.
“As they carry out their deliveries in Singapore and have high touchpoints with the local communities in both countries, the vaccinations will provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19,” said the ministry.
MOH on Monday announced the move to offer COVID-19 vaccinations later this month to selected cargo drivers and accompanying personnel who enter the country from Malaysia on a regular basis.
Those who are not vaccinated may continue to enter Singapore, subject to infection control measures such as on-arrival testing and safe management measures.
As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,062 COVID-19 cases.